Hello there, remember me?
I actually haven't written since my June update. I think that's the longest I've gone without writing on here, in a long time. Honestly, lockdown finally got to me. It wasn't being stuck in that got to me though, it was the world. My life, realistically, hasn't changed. The schools and colleges went back, we had a 3 week 'fire break' in Wales, then it all went back to normal again.
So in our little bubble, nothing really changed.
The world, however, did.
I cannot remember a time, in all of my 47 years, that I have seen so much hate. Racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, has all become so much worse. The media, both social and mainstream, seem to be either full of, or reporting, so much animosity. I know a lot of people like to blame social media, I don't, it's the people behind the accounts that are at fault.
It's like we've forgotten how to be compassionate, we've forgotten how to disagree without anger. Every day there seems to be more trolling of people who's opinions differ. I genuinely thought that the world going into a pandemic would bring people together, for a common cause. Regardless of race, religion, sex or ability, we are all going through it. However, people that believe in the threat of covid would happily lock up their old, and disabled, as long as they are okay. The people that don't believe in the pandemic are shouting it from every rooftop, and calling all others stupid.
Honestly, it's made me incredibly sad, for the world. I don't want to be amongst people, I also don't want to spend as much time on social media, something I've always been a big fan of. I still dabble, particularly Instagram (the place I've found the nicer people, during this time), but the minute I see the arguments flaring up again, I disappear.
I have found myself wanting to be around people less and less, and I didn't spend a lot of time with others as it was.
I do still believe there are many good people out there, I see examples of it every day. I know that a lot of the people that read this are very good people, maybe that's why I felt I could put this out there. I'm not going to lie, it's all really affected my mental health, I have a habit of over thinking things as it is.
So, on that note, I'm going to push myself to start doing a weekly 'Reasons to be Cheerful' again. Maybe even start posting my Sunday pictures, the school runs are producing some beauty's.
So, hopefully, it won't be another 5 months before I look at this page again. I'll also start reading other people's blogs too, which is another thing I'd stopped doing.
That's all from me for today though, except this: A picture to make you smile, I hope. The colour my middle boy (17) decided for his hair.